Manchester to Southampton

With a long and famous history in shipbuilding, Southampton continues to be an important location in the maritime industry, with its world-class port serving as a terminal for several major cruise companies including P&O and Cunard, as well as all manner of industrial vessels. But there's so much more to Southampton than just its thriving industry on the coast. After your flight from Manchester to Southampton, you'll discover a rich and diverse culture too. Just what you'd expect from a city that's incredibly well connected to the rest of the world!

For the latest information on our flight schedules from Manchester (MAN) to Southampton (SOU), take a look at our Flybe timetable page for this route, and for the return journey, take a look at the Southampton to Manchester page.

For tips and guidance about your trip from Manchester to Southampton, see our sections below. In a hurry? Then use the list below to fast-forward to the information you need.


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Getting to Manchester Airport (MAN)

Getting to Manchester Airport for your flight to Southampton with Flybe is easy, as the airport is well situated with excellent transport links and ample on-site parking. For full details, visit our Getting to Manchester Airport page.


Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport Departures

At a glance:

  • Short stay and long stay car parking
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  • Public transport
    Bus, train, coach and tram links to the airport station
  • 1 hour of free WiFi throughout
  • Bookable Fast Track Security
  • Bookable Escape Lounge
  • Cafés and restaurants
  • Shopping including Duty Free

For more detailed information, visit our dedicated Manchester Airport information page.

Check-in and bag drop at Manchester Airport

We recommend you check-in online before your flight to Southampton from Manchester wherever possible. However, if you are unable to do so, you can check-in and collect your boarding pass at the airport free of charge. Read more about the check-in options available by airport.

Terminal 3 - Facilities before Security

  • Newsagents
  • Cafés

Terminal 3 - Facilities after Security

  • Cafés and restaurants
  • Escape Lounge


  • Duty Free
  • Fashion and accessories
  • Audio, electrical and music
  • Health and beauty
  • Newsagents


Manchester Airport

Southampton Airport Arrivals (SOU)

At a glance:

  • 4 miles from city centre
    10 minutes' drive without traffic
  • Public transport
    Buses run to/from the airport and adjacent train station.
    Southampton Airport train station is less than a minute's walk from the terminal
  • Taxi stand
  • Car hireBook now through our preferred partners Avis or Budget
  • Up to 4 hours of free WiFi available
  • Restaurant and caféIn the main terminal
  • Duty Free, newsagents and bureau de changeIn the main terminal


To find out more, visit our dedicated flights to Southampton page and browse other available routes.


Southampton Airport

Visiting Southampton

Whatever your reason for visiting Southampton on flights from Manchester with Flybe, enjoy every minute with our guide to staying in Southampton. Read on for our tips on finding the best hotels, bars and restaurants in Southampton, as well as the best things to see in the city, and tips on getting more from your trip.


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Hotels in Southampton

From one-night stopovers before a holiday cruise or important business meeting, to weekends away, there are plenty of hotels in the city to suit your needs. Flybe works in partnership with to make it easy for you to find hotels in Southampton on any budget.

Things to see in Southampton

Southampton is incredibly proud of its shipbuilding heritage, and in the city centre you'll see many monuments and museums that pay tribute to its maritime past. However, Southampton has its eye firmly on the future too, being a contemporary and cosmopolitan city with a dynamic selection of art galleries, theatres and music venues.

Down Southampton's side streets and along its town walls you'll find many Medieval gems tucked away, so even if you've only got time for a quick look around the city, you'll find something interesting to discover. Here are some of our favourite things to see and do in Southampton.

Flybe recommends...

SeaCity Museum

Sail back in time at the SeaCity Museum, an innovative museum telling the story of Southampton's connection to the sea, including its Titanic heritage.

Tudor House and Garden

A recently restored building in the heart of Southampton's Old Town, where you can discover its 900 year history and explore its beautiful gardens.

Old Town Walk


Follow the Medieval walls around Southampton's Old Town on a self-guided walk, and enjoy a unique view over the city.


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Bars and restaurants in Southampton

You'll find an abundance of fabulous restaurants in Southampton to tempt you, whether its for a special occasion, an important business lunch or dinner, or a quick bite before boarding your cruise. Most of Southampton's best restaurants can be found in and around the harbour, so you can dine with a view too.

Flybe recommends...


A fine dining restaurant overlooking the yachts in Shamrock Quay Marina, with a classically-inspired menu of locally-sourced seafood and ingredients,

Max's Bar and Brasserie

Tucked away in the city centre on Oxford Street, Max's Bar and Brasserie is a cosy Mediterranean restaurant with an extensive wine and cocktail menu.

The Oxford Brasserie

Locally-sourced food served in a contemporary style, with touches of French, English and Italian influences, is the signature of this restaurant, which is a local favourite so booking is recommended!

Getting more from your trip to Southampton

Whether you have time to spare before your cruise sets sail, a free evening following a business meeting, or a weekend to soak up the culture, make the most of your time in Southampton when you visit on flights from Manchester with Flybe. Here are our top tips on shopping, enjoying the nightlife and even exploring beyond the city.

Shopping in Southampton

  • Find a host of your favourite high street shops under one roof at WestQuay shopping centre
  • Browse the boutiques and independent shops on Bedford Place
  • Stroll along Queensway to find a selection of high street shops and department stores


  • Enjoy live music at The Brook, one of Southampton's best and longest-running music venues
  • Sip real ales in cosy company at The Butcher's Hook
  • At Banana Wharf in Hamble, you can relax with a drink and unrivalled views over the marina

Beyond the city

  • Get out of the city and into the New Forest, one of the UK's most outstanding areas of natural beauty
  • Take the Red Funnel ferry to discover the Isle of Wight
  • Indulge in a day trip to the Bombay Sapphire Distillery - and sample a gin or two.


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Doing business in Southampton

As Europe's busiest and most important port for several large industries, including automotive transport, large container vessels and leisure cruises, Southampton is highly accommodating for business travellers, whether you're visiting only for the evening or staying for a few days. From stylish and comfortable hotels to impressive meeting and conference venues, you're sure to have everything you need to make your business trip a pleasure after arriving on flights from Manchester to Southampton with Flybe.

Conference venues and meeting facilities

From small team meetings to large company-wide events, Southampton can accommodate all your business needs. Below is a selection of Southampton's best meeting facilities and conference venues to help make your corporate event a success.

Flybe recommends...

Blue Funnel Cruises

  • Private charter boat, available as a static venue in Ocean Village Marina or for a cruise around the area
  • Central location, under 15 mins drive from the airport
  • Excellent public transport links
  • Flexible event spaces to accommodate up to 140 people
  • Refreshment packages available
  • AV technology and display equipment available
  • Paid parking available at the marina

Grand Harbour Hotel

  • Central location on the Southampton waterfront, under 15 mins drive from the airport
  • Excellent public transport links
  • 10 flexible meeting rooms to accommodate up to 500 people
  • Refreshments and catering packages available
  • AV technology equipment provided
  • Complimentary WiFi available throughout
  • Private parking available

St Mary's Stadium - Southampton Football Club

  • Iconic venue in a central location, just over 10 mins drive from the airport
  • Excellent public transport links
  • 50 suites to accommodate up to 500 people
  • Restaurant, refreshments and catering packages available
  • Modern AV technology available
  • WiFi available throughout
  • Ample on-site parking available